The people in Puerto Rico voted Tuesday in a non-binding referandum to become the 51st US state. Nearly 80% of the island’s electorate took part in the referendum and with almost all the votes counted, almost 54% have voted to change the island’s relationship with the US from a US territory to a US state.
The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote.
The island is currently a US territory, which uses the dollar and whose citizens travel on US passports.
But it does not return senators to the US Congress and is represented in Washington by a non-voting delegate.
Almost 80% of the island’s electorate took part in the referendum, the fourth in the past 45 years.
With almost all the votes counted, almost 54% voted to change the island’s relationship with the US.
Class Act, The World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt Stops Interview to Show Respect For US National Anthem During London Olympics
Talk about a class act …
Usain Bolt, the Jamaica sprinter and World’s Fastest Man, managed to stop on a dime during an interview during the London Summer Olympics out of respect for the US National Anthem. Bolt, who won back to back gold medals in the 100 meters, stopped his interview with a reporter out of respect for the playing of the US National Anthem. Take a bow Usain Bolt, you deserve a gold medal for class.
The Gateway Pundit reminds us that Bolt managed to muster more respect for the United States National Anthem that a certain incumbent president (photo).
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – Joran van der Sloot to Plead Guilty to Murdering Stephany Flores?
- I won’t hold my breath
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- Even though he is still the prime suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner
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A Tale of Two Murders: Joran Van der Sloot Charged with Murder of Stephany Flores … Beth Holloway Says, “God bless the Peru authorities for handling this thoroughly and professionally”
Call it a tale of two crimes and the tale of how two countries handled the same crime in complete contrast manners. One country lets a sociopath loose on the rest if society to kill again, the other one rightfully charges him with murder and cages the criminal protecting society.
“It was the best of times (Peru), it was the worst of times (Aruba), it was the age of wisdom (Peru), it was the age of foolishness (Aruba), it was the epoch of belief (Peru), it was the epoch of incredulity (Aruba), it was the season of Light (Peru), it was the season of Darkness (Aruba), it was the spring of hope (Peru), it was the winter of despair (Aruba), we had everything before us (Peru), we had nothing before us (Aruba), we were all going direct to Heaven (Peru), we were all going direct the other way (Aruba) –in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good (Peru) or for evil (Aruba), in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
What Aruba could not, would not and never intended to do, Peru saw fit to accomplish at all cost. In Aruba they death with the death and disappearance of an American tourist Natalee Holloway where one of the suspects was a “little Dutch boy” of privilege. In Peru they dealt with the death of a 21 year old local from a prominent family. The common denominator … Joran Van der Sloot. Aruba has never charged Joran Van der Sloot with murder. Conversely, Peru has properly pursued Van der Sloot and charged the “Sporter” with murder. Sadly, had Aruba done their job, charged and convicted Joran Van der Sloot instead of enabling him, Joran would never have been able to travel to Peru and kill again.
In a People magazine interview, Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, who has dealt with endless frustration, cronyism and corruption in Aruba said about the murder charges against Van der Sloot by Peru authorities, “God bless the Peru authorities for handling this thoroughly and professionally.”
With no justice yet for her own daughter, Beth Holloway cautiously cheered yesterday’s decision by authorities in Peru to bring murder charges against Joran van der Sloot – long suspected in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance – for the murder last year of a young woman in Peru.
The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – Special Guests: Blink from Blink on Crime, Diane Dimond and Pat Brown Discussing Missing Robyn Gardner in Aruba, the West Memphis 3 and More
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- Crime Blogger Blink from Blink on Crime - She will be discussing the recent developments with the West Memphis 3 and what’s been happening in Aruba in the case of missing American Robyn Gardner and suspect, travel companion Gary Giordano.
- Diane Dimond - discussing the Re Composer Frank Bender and her thoughts on the latest missing persons case Aruba
- Pat Brown - Criminal Profiler provides her thoughts on West Memphis Three decision and the case of missing Robyn Gardner in Aruba.
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Robyn Gardner Missing in Aruba … New Witness Disputes Gary Giordano’s Claims that they Went Snorkeling Day She Disappeared
Robyn Gardner has been missing in Aruba since August 2, 2011. Her travel companion Gary Giordano’s told Aruba police that she went missing while they were snorkeling near Baby Beach. However, according to the LE Giordano’s stories have been inconsistent. Giordano is presently being held in an Aruba jail as a suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner.
According to a new witness who has come forward, they dispute the story that Gary Giordano has told regarding the fact that the two went snorkeling. The witness says that he was fishing the day that Giordano claims that he and Gardner were snorkeling. He states that the two walked on the beach, but never went into the water.
The witness says he was fishing on a beach on that day and he saw the two take a walk along the reef around 4 p.m., but they never went in the water.
A short time later, the couple drove away and he never saw either of them again, the witness says.
“If this witness ends up being accurate and correct as to locations of both Mr. Giordano and Ms. Gardner, it’s yet another piece of evidence that’s inconsistent with his story,” said ABC News consultant Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent.
Its a cross between “Snakes on a Plane, ”Shawshank Redemption” and “Catch me if You Can” … , but in real life.
A man pretending to be sick, went to the bathroom aboard a plane, tears apart the toilet, sneaks into the cargo hold, and steals $238,000. An ambulance arrived at the tarmac to meet the man, who suddenly stated he felt better. The result, the man walked out of the airport without having to go through the normal security checks.
An ingenious thief swiped almost $250,000 on a flight in the Caribbean after sneaking into the cash-laden cargo hold via the restroom, police said Thursday.
A Brink’s security employee placed three sacks of cash containing a total $1.6 million in the hold of the Air Antilles plane before it headed from the French island of Guadeloupe to the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin.
Think this was not an inside job?
Beth Holloway on Natalee Holloway Missing in Aruba: “There is no good answer, whether it is Natalee or whether it isn’t. But no answer at all is the most unbearable”
A mothers endless and tiresless search for answers …
Beth Holloway has been waiting for answers as to the disappearance of her daughter Natalee Holloway since she went missing in Aruba in 2005. No one has been more persistent, more engaged, more undaunted and more eager to hold Aruba, Holland and Joran Van der Sloot’s feet to the fire in her effort to get answers and “JUSTICE” for Natalee Holloway.
It has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions ever since Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba in 2005 when Natalee was last seen leaving Carlos n’ Charlies at closing with Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe. Following that fact of evidence the family of Natalee Holloway has received nothing but continues lies, questionable investigations, shoddy police work and obstruction from Aruba.
Now suddenly, over five years later there may be a break in the case of missing and presumed murdered Natalee Holloway. After all the searches in Aruba on land, in the ponds, in the landfills and in the ocean … a jawbone has been discovered on the beach near the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. Since the discovery, the news has been released by the Aruba prosecutors office that the bone is that of a young woman, now the focus shifts to whether it actually belongs to that of Natalee Holloway.
The revelation that the jawbone belongs to a young woman has lead to Natalee’s mother to release the following statement:
“There is no good answer, whether it is Natalee or whether it isn’t. But no answer at all is the most unbearable. We appreciate everyone’s loving care and concern and are anxious about the developments.”
Joran Van der Sloot just admitted to felony extortion … Always the victim, Joran Van der Sloot admits extortion out of revenge.
Talk about sick …
In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the accused killer of 21 year old Peruvian Stephany Flores, Joran Van der Sloot has admitted to extorting money from the family of Natalee Holloway in order to get back at them. Joran Van der Sloot admitted to extorting money from the Holloway family in return for revealing the location of Natalee Holloway’s body. Van der Sloot has already been indicted in the United States on extortion charges.
Don’t think that Joran’s extortion admission of getting even with Beth, Dave, Jug, Paul and the rest of Natalee Holloway’s family was not done with the following timing in mind? Do not forget, 5 years ago on Labor Day weekend, Aruba under the cloak of darkness of the Holiday weekend released Joran Van der Sloot from jail. Conveniently enough, Aruba also released the Kalpoes as well. Do not think for one second that Joran Van der Sloot did not plan to do this interview to once again get back at Natalee’s parents and add grief to Beth’s pain (Beth’s Pain pt 2)on the anniversary of his getting out of jail. No different than it was a coincidence that Joran Van der Sloot murdered Stephany Flores on the 5 year anniversary of the disappearance of Natalee.
Full Dutch interview HERE.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted Joran van der Sloot as confessing to taking money from the family of the teenager in return for revealing the location of her body. He was indicted in the U.S. in June for extortion after being caught in an FBI sting, though the place he indicated as her burial site site turned out to be bogus.
Holloway was last seen alive with him on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba in 2005, and he has publicly said he killed her and then retracted his confession several times.
“I wanted to get back at Natalee’s family — her parents have been making my life tough for five years,” the paper quoted him as saying from prison in Peru. “When they offered to pay for the girl’s location, I thought: ‘Why not’?”
Joran Van der Sloot, always the victim even when caught on tape pretending to be locked out of the hotel room with a murdered Stephany Flores inside
So Natalee’s parents have been making his life tough for five years. Small consolation when one considers NATALEE HOLLOWAY HAS NO LIFE!!!
So once again Joran Van der Sloot is the victim and blames the family of Natalee Holloway why he tried to extort money from them. It was because the Holloway’s made Joran’s life difficult following the disappearance and death of Natalee Holloway. The fact that Joran Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were the last people ever seen with Natalee Holloway after leaving Carlos n’ Charles in Aruna in 2005, the fact that they originally lied as to leaving her off at the Holiday Inn and implicated two black security guards in Natalee’s disappearance is irrelevant.
On multiple occasions Joran Van der Sloot has admitted killing Natalee Holloway and on other occasions admitted to kidnapping her and selling her.
We are now witness to this punk Joran Van der Sloot to being involved in the death and disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot has been indicted and charged with the murder of 21 year old Stephany Flores. Joran has also been indicted in the United States on extortion.
However, in this sociopath’s mind … he is the victim and extorted the family of Natalee Holloway out of revenge.
How long will it be before Joran Van der Sloot recants his extortion confession when he realizes it can be used against him? The next news story will be Jooran Van der Sloot going back on his jail house confession, much like he did with his confession to the murder of Stephany Flores. My guess is Joran, the Little Dutch boy” will claim that he did not understand the Dutch reporter and needed a translator, even though he is fluent in Dutch.